Jarome Iginla might not be a member of the Boston Bruins any more, but he still thinks highly of them.
Boston suffered a literal last-second loss to Iginla’s Colorado Avalanche Monday afternoon, which lowered the Bruins to 1-3-0 this season. Although the defeat has to be taken with a grain of salt given how close the game was, there were already some concerns about Boston’s slow start before Monday’s contest even started.
Iginla doesn’t think Bruins fans need to worry though.
“They’ve all been close games,” Iginla said, per CSN New England. “Getting [David] Krejci was a big boost for them, and I know they’ve got some guys out. I have no doubts that [the Bruins] will be just fine over there.”
Three of the Bruins’ first four games have been decided by just a goal, although Boston did suffer a 4-0 loss to Washington on Saturday.
Iginla has gotten off to a slow start himself, but the Bruins likely wish he was still with them, especially after Boston recorded just four goals in its first four games.
The Bruins were up against the ceiling though, which made it difficult for them to compete for Iginla’s services.
With just one win in their first three games — and after losing 4-0 at home to the Capitals on Saturday — CSN New England’s Joe Haggerty thinks it’s “okay to question what the heck is going on” with the Boston Bruins.
Players, coaches and executives can say all the right things after a deal like the Johnny Boychuk salary dump, but the message that’s reverberating from the upper levels down to the locker room is that the team isn’t “all in” to win this season. That can have a toxic effect in the clubhouse, and signs of that toxicity have shown up in the first three games. Witness how many B’s players seem to have a look of doom on their faces when they get down by a couple of goals, and there have been more shoulders slumped in the last two losses to Detroit and Washington than at any time in the last five years.
The Bruins are hosting Colorado (speaking of slow starts) this afternoon at TD Garden, and it sounds like they’ll have David Krejci back in the lineup. Which is to say, there’s a very good chance that Boston comes out with the win.
But even with a victory over the Avs, the concerns in Boston won’t be alleviated. Boychuk will still be on the Islanders, and Jarome Iginla will still be playing for Colorado.
Speaking of Iginla, in Haggerty’s opinion, Loui Eriksson — the guy the B’s were hoping could step into the top six and replace the departed 30-goal-scorer — is “a third-line winger in Boston, and he’s never going to be the offensive force the Bruins hoped he’d be when they acquired him as part of the package for Tyler Seguin.”
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Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien was hopeful when asked if his top center, David Krejci, would be available Monday against Colorado.
Krejci has missed the first three games of the season with an undisclosed injury suffered during the Bruins preseason game Oct. 4.
At the time, Julien called the injury a “very minor” issue.
On Sunday morning, Krejci skated on the team’s top line with Milan Lucic and Seth Griffith, who was officially recalled prior to the team’s practice.
The Boston Bruins have recalled Seth Griffith from the Providence Bruins and sent Craig Cunningham to the American Hockey League.
Griffith would be an option for Claude Julien as the Bruins prepare for a meeting with the Colorado Avalanche Monday.
The 21-year-old has one goal in two AHL games this season. He scored 20 goals and 50 points in 69 games last season with Providence – his first year as a professional.
Boston has struggled to score through its’ first three games netting just three goals.
The hope would be that Griffith, a more offensive player, can help jump start the struggling Bruins offense.
Without David Krejci in the lineup, both Milan Lucic and Loui Eriksson have started slow.
Boston needs to try anything to help its’ goal scoring woes – come on down Mr. Griffith.
If he plays Monday, it would be his NHL debut.
Griffith was selected in the fifth round (131st overall) in 2011 by Boston.
Alex Ovechkin’s first goal of the 2014-15 season ended up being all that the Washington Capitals needed on Saturday as they beat the Boston Bruins 4-0.
The Bruins came into this campaign with serious questions about their offense and haven’t answered many of them so far. They’ve been limited to three goals in their first three games, leaving Chris Kelly to lament about “two poor, poor efforts” to the Boston Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa.
Zdeno Chara believes that the Bruins need to keep their heads held high, as CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty reports.
There are some silver linings beyond the blanket “it’s super early” statements. They haven’t been dominated in puck possession these past two losses, according to Hockey Stats.ca’s numbers:
You might chalk up Boston’s superior puck possession to score effects tonight – Washington was already up by two Ovechkin goals by the end of the first period – but at least the Bruins didn’t get dominated in every facet of the game.
The obvious key is to add some zip to the offense. The most obvious reason to be hopeful is that David Krejci is allowed to return to action, though he’s still considered day-to-day.
It’s a longer shot for this to make a difference, but the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Sam Carchidi also reports that Simon Gagne might land an NHL deal with the team.
Shinzawa believes that nights like these will only improve his chances:
Either way, the Bruins are coming out of hibernation a little slowly so far, yet only the most reactionary would full-on panic.